Agriculture Policy Briefing

Data-driven Agriculture Presents Golden Opportunity for Digital Green Revolution, Says Mukesh Ambani

Flowers being grown in  a greenhouse in Ghaziabad. Photo by Vivian Fernandes.

“There is both a pressing need and a golden opportunity to create a digital green revolution… an evergreen revolution,” the Financial Express reported quoting Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani.

Mukesh Ambani, photo courtesy Wiki Commons.

Mukesh Ambani, photo courtesy Wiki Commons.

According to Ambani, digital green revolution will transform the lives of most people living in rural India who depend on agriculture by:

(a) providing them digitally-enabled mechanical services, irrespective of the size of holdings;

(b) digitally-enabling precise application of fertilizer and pesticides depending on soil conditions and plant health;

(c) digitally-enabling ‘seed to crop’ processes to get the best yields and raise farmers’ income substantially.

(d) digitally-enabling supply chain management from farm-to-fork to ensure quality, trace-ability and waste reduction.

Ambani described “data” as not only the “new oil” but also the “new oil.”

(Top photo of a automated green house in Ghaziabad, near Delhi. Photo by Vivian Fernandes)

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